Racist stuff-up is bad timing
“Racist” was the label given to National’s immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith after his amazing stuff-up last week when he said that Asians had small hands and Pacific Islanders had hygiene problems.
Former Samoan and National MP Arthur Anae said that this type of view was one of the reasons why he left the National Party.
Pacific Island leaders were united in their condemnation of Smith.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia also raised her objections at what she perceived was a racist view.
Smith to his credit apologised for his comments. John Key and National will be hoping that the controversy will go away sooner rather than later.
Smith’s comments are a reminder that you don’t have to be a signed-up and financial member of the Ku Klux Klan to hold and make racist comments.
Believe it or not, Lockwood Smith is one of the nicest MPs in Parliament and in fact he can be quite a gentleman.
As a former minister of education, he worked closely with Maori and was a supporter of kohanga reo, kura and wananga. So it was no surprise to me that his apology was readily accepted by Tariana and her party.
Of course the previous work that Lockwood did and the fact he’s a nice guy does not give him a right to express racist views.
However it does raise the question that if one of National’s nice guys thinks like this, then what do the others really think? Do they too hold similar views? And do they really care about minorities?
Arthur Anae says that they don’t.
And he was a National MP as recently as 2002.
But John Key says that Arthur is wrong and they do care about minorities and all New Zealanders.
Although they didn’t care about minorities, Maori in particular, when Don Brash was in charge just three years ago.
Their election campaign was based around pulling the race card and an antiMaori message.
But times have changed according to John Key and of course he’s one of the nicer blokes in Parliament.
And nice blokes like John can’t be racist. Can they?
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